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1998 Mako 22' center - a good buy

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  • 1998 Mako 22' center - a good buy

    Saw a promising-looking package this weekend. 1998 Mako 22 foot center console, new upholstery (bow cushions, bow dodger, leaning post, console cover). Engine is a 1998 Evinrude 175 (a little underpowered?). The owner says he tops out at 35mph with 3 guys and a full tank of gas. Trailer is a 2001 Load Rite dual axel with brakes. Electronics all new in 2003 (GPS plotter, depth finder, VHF). Hydraulic trim tabs. The whole rig really looked like it could have been only a year or two old.

    Asking $19,900. Other similar rigs on the 'net are asking more, but have bigger engines or a t-top (I do not want a t-top).

    What do you guys think?

  • #2
    On that hull, a 175hp will get the job done, but most folks will consider it underpowered. A 225hp is a more common engine. The hull has a 20 degree deadrise, which calls for more HP than a hull with less deadrise.

    Just watch your load and keep you expectations reasonable.

    Good luck...

    Prop Blast[br]Mako 224, F225[br]Tampa, FL


    • #3
      I have fished on a 1999 Mako 221 numerous times. I love the boat. Its very seaworthy and quite nimble at that... at least it is with a 225 Merc EFI. We have seen this boat hit 52mph onthe GPS several times. We normally run about 38-40 mph turning up about 4200 rpm depending on the load. At rest she is a bit topsy-turvey. That deep V will do that.
      Slidell, LA 1993 Mako 261B - Temperance